Dear fellow LAE members;
We wanted to update you on the results of the vote regarding whether or not to hold the 2020 annual LAE meeting. The ballots were counted by numerous individuals to ensure an accurate count. Out of 178 ballots returned, 149 ballots were counted(see 2020 LAE Annual Meeting Ballot - Results, enclosed, for explanation), Option one, not holding the annual meeting, received 114 votes. Option two received 35 votes. Clearly, from this overwhelming vote, most of you agree with your Board of Directors that it would be unwise to try and hold any kind of annual meeting this year. The following is an excerpt from the N.H. Governor's website.
The health, safety and well-being of all residents and visitors continues to be a top priority in New Hampshire. New Hampshire Travel and Tourism officials are closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 and are adhering to the expert advice of state and public health officials.
At this time, and for the safety of all, we are encouraging you to remain in your home state until additional restrictions are lifted. Currently, we ask those from out-of-state who will be traveling to and staying in New Hampshire for an extended period of time to self-quarantine for a two-week period.
According to the CDC,
“The risk of COVID-19 spreading at events and gatherings increases as follows:”
Lowest risk: Virtual only activities, events and gatherings
More risk: Smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear cloth face coverings, do not share objects, and come from the same local area (e.g., community, town, city or county)
Higher risk: Medium-sized in-person gatherings that are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart with attendees coming from outside the local area.
Highest risk: Large in-person gatherings that are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area
These excerpts help to validate yours board’s position and their reason for sending out the ballot. Not having an annual meeting is unprecedented in the History of the LAE Association. The board wanted to be sure that it was considering the best interest of the LAE members, but also had the approval of the members.
If you look at the national news you will see that the Covid 19 numbers for NH are far below those of other neighboring states based on population. This has been achieved through the corporation of NH residents following Community Mitigation Guidelines.
Community mitigation is a package of actions that don’t involve medicines or vaccines and are important for stopping the spread of COVID-19: ( From the NH Division of Public Health)
1. Staying home
2. Keeping a safe distance of at least 6 feet from others
3. Moving to remote learning for schools
4. Encouraging tele-work for businesses
5. Cancelling mass gatherings
6. Closing non-essential businesses
We understand these are trying times for us all. Only through continued cooperation and good sense can we defeat this monster that has caused us so much grief and disruption.
Our most important asset, the roads, are being well managed by your board of directors through the road committee and the diligence of our roads contractor Mike Carter. He is in the second year of a three year contract. Total road expenses will be capped at last year’s budget levels which we feel will be adequate to keep them in proper repair.
We can only look ahead to a better future when this virus can be controlled and our people protected by vaccines.
Please watch the LAE website for any important announcements. Board minutes once approved will also be posted to keep you informed. We will be limiting mailings to keep the budget down.
Tom Burt Robert J Wright
LAE President. LAE Vice President